Harvest Festival 9th October

 

We will be collecting non – perishable foods or other essentials for the food bank and for the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal.
This year the Harvest Appeal is supporting work of the Mothers’ Union in Burundi.

The Blackburn Diocese will be supporting this  work of the Mothers’ Union, a worldwide Christian charity, through their Literacy and Numeracy Project which aims to lift 2,500 people out of poverty over the next two years.

As one of the poorest countries on earth, with the majority of people living on less than £1.50 a day, by giving what you can, together we can make a significant difference to the lives of our people in Burundi who are in desperate need.

Find out more information here 

How you can donate to the Harvest appeal?

You can donate online using a credit card by clicking here.

You can donate by cheque, payable to ‘Blackburn Diocesan Board of Finance Limited (Diocesan Harvest Appeal)’ and send to Blackburn DiocesanBoard of Finance, Diocesan Office, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

 

 

You can scan the QR code with your smart phone which will take you to the donation page where you can also Gift Aid your payment.

Thank you for supporting the Diocesan Harvest Appeal.

 

“Bringing God’s love into the heart of the community”

 

United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Fifteenth  Sunday after Trinity

 

This service is live in church, but it will be streamed so if you are unable to attend you can view it online. Now most of the words will also appear when you view the service on line so it will be easier to follow the service.

However, below are the day’s readings as there will not appear on screen.

 

First  Reading: Palm 104:10-25

He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.

 

Second Reading: Matthew6:25-33

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

Scargill House near Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales,

Day visits Saturday 15th October

We are now taking bookings for anyone who would like to join us on Saturday 15th October. You will still get a lovely day, with some good input, fellowship and food in this beautiful setting. It costs £22.25 including lunch ( and extra £8 if you want to stay for the evening meal.)

Also we still have some places left on our  church weekend away

 Arriving late afternoon Friday 14th October and finishing  with Sunday lunch on the 16th October.

We will enjoy the excellent hospitality of the Christian community who will cook lovely meals, put on engaging children’s activities; lead those who wish on beautiful walks; offer a range of fun workshops and give us something to think about!

There is no pressure to take part in anything – if you would rather miss the Christian input on Saturday morning, that is ok (though don’t worry it won’t be heavy); just join in with what you want. To find out more please take a leaflet from the back of church.

The weekend promises to be a fantastic fun time together, with friends old and new from across the church families of All Saints’ and St. James Altham.

Prices of just £145 per adult (£165 en-suite).    Children  under 5’s can go for free; 5-7 year olds – £22 each, 8- 11 year olds £36, 12 – 16 year olds – £50 ( a little more if in ensuite)

 

Please continue to support our local Food back based at Clayton Baptist Church, especially as more and more people in the local area are struggling.

  •  Food supplies, i.e. tins of soup, breakfast cereals, eggs, tins of fruit, tins of meat, tins of veg, pasta sauce, tea / coffee etc. Also fruit and vegetables.
  • Baby items eg nappies, baby milk etc
  • Toiletries

Please can you drop  items off at  Clayton Baptist Church. Alternatively if you bring your items to church on Sunday we will make sure that they get to the food bank.

Thank you.

United Benefice of Altham and Clayton-le-Moors

Sixthteenth   Sunday after Trinity 

This service is live in church, but it will be streamed so if you are unable to attend you can view it online. Now most of the words will also appear when you view the service on line so it will be easier to follow the service.

However, below are the day’s readings plus the intercessions for reference, as there will not appear on screen.

First reading: James 3:13 – 4a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]?But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[c]

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts,you double-minded.

 

Second reading: Mark 9:30 -37

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him,and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

 

Thinking about the Christian Faith.

 

Adults wanting to explore their faith, or find out more about Christianity, are invited to a short course at the vicarage on Wednesday evenings, starting 29th September. It would be ideal for anyone considering adult confirmation.

Please contact Revd Toby to register your interest.

Thank you

Church Safeguarding training reminder

 

This is a reminder to those

  • who have been newly appointed to the PCC or who still need to do their training,
  • newly appointed to Sunday School volunteers,
  • those on the Pastoral or Baptism teams who need to complete a refresher safeguarding training as it is over three years ago since they have done one.                                                                                  Anyone else who wants to, is also welcome to do it..

 

The safeguarding training can be completed on-line via the safeguarding portal link here

  • Just sign in with your own email and password.
  • On the next page you need to scan down and agree their terms
  • Then on the next page select the ‘training’ block.

 

Which training course is for you?

 Those new to the PCC and Sunday School helpers just need to complete the Basic Awareness Course (C0)

If you are a coordinator or leader  who has not done any church safeguarding training please complete both the Basic Awareness course ( C0 ) and the Foundation course (C1).

Those postholders who are just doing a refresher please complete the Foundation course (C1).

When you have completed the course, you will be given an e-certificate. Pease can you send me a copy for my records. Thank you.

Elaine

Safeguarding officer

 

Children’s Summer activities during Sunday Service.

 

Children’s activities in the garden during the 11am service through summer – start in church, in the garden for story linden to a Bible reading /activity/game then back in at the peace.

 

We aim to offer this each Sunday except 8th Aug, weather permitting!

Covid update

I would like to update everyone on arrangements at All Saints’ Church regarding Covid-19.

Over the past 16 months we have complied with all the regulations as we sought to enable parishioners to worship in a safe environment and I want to thank everyone for doing what we have asked of them.

The wardens and I have now met to review these measures now that what was legally mandated is now up to local decision making.   We have agreed that our first priority must be to protect everyone and keep church as a safe place to attend whilst case numbers continue to increase.  We do, however, want to allow for congregational singing at 11am.  Therefore during the next few weeks the following measures will be in place:

Changes

  • At 11am services the congregation can join in with singing the hymns, but face masks must be worn by those singing (other than the choir)
  • When seated face masks may be removed
  • The choir can be a little larger

Continuing unchanged at present

  • Use of hand sanitiser on entry to and egress from church
  • Social distancing (one metre plus rule – so alternate pews will still be out of use)
  • Wearing masks whilst moving around the building
  • Offering the peace from a distance
  • One-way system (leaving via the vestry door at larger services)
  • No refreshments after the service
  • Holy Communion in one kind only and will not be introducing the chalice at this point
  • Recording names and contact numbers of those attending for track and trace purposes

We will of course keep these measures under review and will communicate any changes as and when they are introduced.

Toby

Tots Praise and teddy bears picnic returns!

It was lovely to welcome tots back to Tot’s Praise on Wednesday. After an active social distance time in church, the weather cleared up enough for everyone to go outside for the actual teddy bears picnic.

All the children went away full, happy and with a helium filled ballon.

Looking forward to the next Tots’ Praise.